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Abu Dhabi: Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, visited the National Meteorological Center (NCM) in Abu Dhabi, accompanied by Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous, Managing Director of NCM and President of the Regional Association II (Asia) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and several senior center staff.

Joining them on the tour were Asilah Abdullah Al Mualla, Chief Executive of the Environment Authority of Fujairah, and representatives from the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), Dubai Municipality and from Ajman Municipality and Planning Department.

During the visit, the Minister launched an enhanced version of the National Air Quality Platform, originally launched in September 2020. Accessible to the public, the revamped site provides a real-time overview of the current state of air quality in the UAE, monitored by a network of state-of-the-art stations covering various residential, industrial and rural areas as well as areas near major roads. In addition to serving the community, the information available on the platform can benefit multiple sectors, including health and education. It also offers advice, especially for sensitive groups, to mitigate the impact of air quality on human health.

“Improve air quality”

Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri said, “Public health and environmental protection are strategic priorities for the UAE. Improving air quality is among the eight pillars of the UAE’s overall environmental policy, which was approved by the Cabinet in November 2020 with the aim of improving the quality of life, well-being and prosperity in the country, and to support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

She added: “The National Air Quality Platform is an accurate scientific benchmark that allows us to track the progress of our national projects and initiatives aimed at increasing the AQI score to 100% by 2040. The launch of the upgraded platform in partnership with NCM aims to educate relevant entities and the community on a very important issue that is closely related to public health.

Dr Al Mandous said, “This joint strategic project between NCM and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment reflects the great commitment to public health in the UAE, as it raises awareness of air quality and its impact on health. The second version of the platform helps reformulate many practices and develop innovative tools and projects aimed at improving air quality, which will have a positive impact on the environment and protect it from harmful air pollutants.

“Alongside our various partners”

He added, “At NCM, we are committed to supporting all national efforts to preserve the environment as a top priority of our wise leadership. In addition, we will continue to work alongside our various partners to develop initiatives that serve the objectives of the general environmental policy of the UAE and thus contribute to the promotion of the quality of life in the UAE. NCM will also ensure easy access for all community members to the air quality database across the UAE.

During the visit, the Minister inaugurated an enhanced version of the National Air Quality Platform, originally launched in September 2020.
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The National Air Quality Platform, available on the official NCM website at https://airquality.ncm.ae/, presents the Air Quality Index (AQI) , a simplified color-coded representation of the data collected from each air quality monitoring station. The AQI is based on measuring the levels of five major pollutants – carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), ground-level ozone (O3) and particulate matter. with a diameter of 10 microns or less ( PM10). The index uses a scale of 0 to 500, with 500 representing the highest level of air pollution. The lower the number, the cleaner the air.

Simplified data

The platform upgrade followed a series of consultation sessions with end users, a review of international best practices in this area, and benchmarking with similar sites. Based on the results, the data has been simplified and displayed in a more user-friendly way to make it easier for the public to understand. Additionally, the site now offers outdoor activity recommendations based on the air quality on any given day.

Air quality indicators

Users can check the air quality by zone and know the health risks associated with each level of air pollution, categorized by color. Green indicates air quality suitable for exercise and other outdoor activities for all individuals. Yellow indicates that the air quality is acceptable for most people, however, prolonged exposure may be uncomfortable for people with respiratory conditions or those who engage in strenuous outdoor activities, such as sports or physical work. Orange indicates that members of sensitive groups may experience minor negative health effects from exercising or performing strenuous activities outdoors, while healthy groups will not be affected. Red indicates that air quality may affect healthy people exercising or performing physical labor outdoors, with an increased impact on members of susceptible groups. Purple indicates that the entire population is likely to be affected, with the recommendation to avoid outdoor activities, and burgundy indicates a serious threat to the health of the entire population, with the recommendation to stay indoors.

Historically, air quality has been a top priority in the UAE due to its impacts on health, economy and environment. The country has given particular attention to this issue, selecting the increase in air quality levels as one of the goals of the United Arab Emirates 2071 centenary, and including it among the priorities of the environmental policy. General of the United Arab Emirates.

President’s speech showed UAE moving steadily toward goals (Sheikh Humaid) https://kempinski-ajman.com/presidents-speech-showed-uae-moving-steadily-toward-goals-sheikh-humaid/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 23:17:56 +0000 https://kempinski-ajman.com/presidents-speech-showed-uae-moving-steadily-toward-goals-sheikh-humaid/

The speech reflected the prosperous present and the bright future that generations yearn for, especially with the start of the second 50th of the Union that unites the Emiratis, Sheikh Humaid said.

“His Highness’s speech confirmed the continuity of the Union’s approach, the development journey, the Emirati national values ​​and the principles of the founding founders, as well as the empowerment phase led by the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In the coming phase, we will steadily go from the success achieved by the United Arab Emirates to reach the highest international levels in various fields,” said Sheikh Humaid.

Sheikh Humaid said the harmony and cohesion between the leaders of the UAE and the Emirates was shown to the world in the speech, in which Sheikh Mohamed addressed his brothers the rulers of the Emirates, the people of the Emirates Arabs and residents of the United Arab Emirates.

Sheikh Mohamed’s speech reflected his noble Arab and Islamic values ​​through his concern for direct communication with his people, the realization of their aspirations and goals, the attention paid to human cadres, the preservation of their human dignity, the building minds, uniting hearts and achieving global economic renaissance and prosperity. .

The speech carried lofty values ​​that represent Sheikh Mohamed’s vision to enhance the country’s global stature politically, economically and humanitarianly, Sheikh Humaid said.

Sheikh Humaid recalled the words of the President of the United Arab Emirates – “We will carry on” – which underlined that the achievements of the United Arab Emirates have no limits given its humanitarian heritage and assistance to all humanity, as well than the preservation of the sovereignty, achievements and achievements of the country.

UAE: Government and media should work together during crises to prevent spread of rumours, says NCEMA – News https://kempinski-ajman.com/uae-government-and-media-should-work-together-during-crises-to-prevent-spread-of-rumours-says-ncema-news/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://kempinski-ajman.com/uae-government-and-media-should-work-together-during-crises-to-prevent-spread-of-rumours-says-ncema-news/

Case study on the key topic of the Jebel Ali port fire last year in an interactive session

By web office

Published: Wed 29 Jun 2022, 10:32 PM

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), in cooperation with the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), held an interactive session on Wednesday to discuss case studies and models for effective communication and media management during crises and emergencies.

Entitled “Strategic Crisis Communication and Media Management”, the session culminated in a case study of the fire that broke out at Jebel Ali Port last year.

The study demonstrated how effective coordination and close cooperation between various government teams and departments in Dubai enabled the dissemination of accurate information on media platforms, which helped to prevent rumors and misinformation.

Obaid Rashid Al Hosan Al Shamsi, vice president of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, said specialized teams must be trained and detailed crisis plans must be drawn up to avoid reactive responses. .

According to him, media management is one of the key factors in the effective management of crises and emergencies of all sizes.

“With the emergence of the UAE as a global hub for various sectors, it is essential that we maintain the highest level of strategic preparedness based on simulations of various potential crises. We must put in place comprehensive plans to deal with all dimensions of a crisis.”

Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Director General of the Dubai Government Media Office, praised the outstanding role played by NCEMA in resolving crisis situations and safeguarding the security and stability of UAE society through coordination effective with government agencies.

“We want to share our expertise and experiences in strategic crisis communications and media management with various local and federal press offices,” Al Marri said.

She stressed that it is essential that communications teams constantly and quickly update the media and the public with reliable official information during crises in order to prevent the spread of rumors and defuse misinformation.

Salem Belyouha, Director of the Media Services Department at the Dubai Government Media Office, said: “The information revolution has changed many traditional concepts and practices in the field of strategic communication and led to the creation of digital and social media platforms that ensure that information and images reach millions of people around the world in seconds.”

Alia Al Theeb, Senior Director of Strategic Communications at GDMO, provided unique insight into media management during the Jebel Ali Port fire.

“Various teams worked closely together to manage communications during the Jebel Ali Port fire. GDMO teams coordinated effectively with the teams handling the incident at the site,” Al Theeb said.

“The key to successfully handling the incident came down to the timely dissemination of up-to-date and reliable information to the media, supported by photos and video,” she added.

Dubai: New program to boost the performance of ministries – News https://kempinski-ajman.com/dubai-new-program-to-boost-the-performance-of-ministries-news/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://kempinski-ajman.com/dubai-new-program-to-boost-the-performance-of-ministries-news/

The program which saw 14 government entities sign agreements, including Dewa and RTA

Photo: Twitter/Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Published: Mon 27 Jun 2022, 06:33 PM

Last update: Mon Jun 27 2022, 10:36 PM

A new initiative launched in Dubai on Monday aims to boost government excellence in all areas. “Partners for Pioneering” will see leading government entities such as Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), Dubai Police and Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) cooperating with other departments to develop them.

The program will facilitate rapid knowledge exchange and improve public services through a strategic “whole of government” approach.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, announced the program which saw 14 government entities sign agreements.

Under this program, the Government of Dubai‘s Excellence Program will categorize entities into one of three tiers based on the scores received during their assessment: Elite (600+), Excellent (450-600) and Basic (less than 450). Leadership partners will be selected based on level of excellence, evaluation scores, nature of the entity’s work, size of budget and number of employees.

Government entities in the Elite and Excellent categories will be linked with partner entities in the Basic level to develop them under a two-year partnership agreement.

Participating party teams were instructed to hold meetings and create an integrated self-assessment program, provide training, and identify priorities and opportunities for improvement. Elite entities will transfer their knowledge, experiences and successes to those seeking to develop their performance through knowledge sharing workshops.

Seven chords

In its first edition, the “Partners for Pioneering” initiative saw the signing of seven partnership agreements between 14 government entities:

>> Dewa with the Human Resources Department of the Government of Dubai

>> Dubai Police with Community Development Authority

>> RTA with the Mohammed bin Rashid Residence

>> Directorate General of Residence and Foreigners with Dubai Culture

>> Dubai Customs with Dubai Government Legal Affairs Department

>> Dubai Municipality with Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation

>> Dubai Health Authority with Dubai Sports Council.

“More Harmony”

Sheikh Hamdan said Dubai is a city of pioneers and government entities have a responsibility to act quickly and efficiently. “Greater harmony across all government departments will unlock new synergies that will advance our common goal of maintaining Dubai’s position as a premier global destination.”

This initiative “will allow us to go further and faster to promote close cooperation and partnership between different entities in order to take our performance to new heights”.

“True leadership requires effective partnerships, where all actors move with equal speed and efficiency towards achieving common strategic goals,” added Sheikh Hamdan.


Government of Oman Implements Oracle Cloud to Support Digital Transformation https://kempinski-ajman.com/government-of-oman-implements-oracle-cloud-to-support-digital-transformation/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://kempinski-ajman.com/government-of-oman-implements-oracle-cloud-to-support-digital-transformation/

The government of the Sultanate of Oman has set up Oracle Dedicated Region [email protected] to accelerate its cloud-focused digital transformation in government and semi-government entities.

The implementation, led by ITHCA (Oman Information and Communications Technology Group), helps the government manage its entire IT estate on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) with physical infrastructure and data control to meet the Sultanate’s data sovereignty requirements, according to a statement.

« The provisioning of Oracle Dedicated Region [email protected] is a major step towards strengthening Oman’s digital infrastructure for the modern economy and improving the government’s cybersecurity readiness,” said Sayyid Kamil Fahd Al, Chairman of Oman ICT Group.

“With Oracle Dedicated Region [email protected], we have access to full on-premises public cloud capabilities to meet Oman’s residency and data privacy requirements. This in-country infrastructure capability allows us to run all of our IT services on cloud infrastructure with physical infrastructure and data control to help meet our country’s regulatory, data residency, latency requirements and help boost the Sultanate’s digital economy.

Following this implementation, ITHCA and its local partners will be able to bring new applications and services online more efficiently and cost-effectively than with an on-premises platform.

Oracle Dedicated Region [email protected] includes full management capabilities and access to new features and functions as they become available in Oracle’s public cloud.

“With Oracle Dedicated Region [email protected]the government of Oman now has access to a fully managed cloud region that brings all of Oracle’s next-generation cloud services, including the autonomous database, to government data centers,” said Said Al-Mandhari, Managing Director of Oman ICT Group.

Nick Redshaw, Senior Vice President, Cloud, Middle East and Africa, Oracle added, “With Oracle Dedicated Region [email protected]The Government of Oman has prioritized a cloud-first approach to creating an agile, efficient, secure, and cost-effective infrastructure that enables the government to modernize legacy applications, drive innovation, and implement compliance controls. additional physical security to protect workloads and sensitive data. ”

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Oman Leslie M. Tsou said, “I am proud that the Omani government has chosen to partner with Oracle to help achieve its goals under Oman Vision 2040.” , said Ambassador Tsou. “American companies like Oracle represent the gold standard of excellence in the technology sector.”

Read: Ajman Finance Department Selects Oracle Cloud to Support Emirate’s Economy

United Arab Emirates: ban on single-use plastic products; EAD helps government and NGOs to implement the policy – News https://kempinski-ajman.com/united-arab-emirates-ban-on-single-use-plastic-products-ead-helps-government-and-ngos-to-implement-the-policy-news/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://kempinski-ajman.com/united-arab-emirates-ban-on-single-use-plastic-products-ead-helps-government-and-ngos-to-implement-the-policy-news/

Guide in Arabic and English to provide information


Published: Mon 20 Jun 2022, 16:57

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) held an awareness session for government institutions and the private sector and the Green Business Network to familiarize them with the plastic policy guide disposable (SUPP).

A ban on single-use plastic products in Abu Dhabi came into effect on June 1, 2022, as part of the emirate’s integrated single-use plastic policy. The initiative prevents the sale of single-use plastic bags at all retailers.

EAD said it has published the Single-Use Plastic Policy Guide in Arabic and English to provide information on the policy to government and private institutions and their employees.

The aim is to declare government entities in Abu Dhabi free of single-use plastic and non-plastic materials by limiting the use of these products and switching to multi-use alternatives with less impact on the environment.

The guide is a component of the SUPP which was launched by the Agency in March 2020 with the aim of gradually reducing the consumption of single-use plastics across Abu Dhabi, while promoting more reusable products.

During the session, EAD called on government organizations to begin implementing the guide’s procedures to release targeted materials appropriate to their structures and activities.

The guide emphasizes the prohibition of single-use products in all government offices and their presence at any event or activity organized by government authorities. These materials include single-use plastic and non-plastic bags, such as paper bags. This is in addition to single-use cutlery, including forks, spoons, knives and chopsticks made of plastic, wood, bamboo or other single-use materials.


Other materials described in the guide are: disposable plastic and paper straws, plastic, cardboard or aluminum food containers, disposable plastic or paper drink cups and lids, single-use plastic plates , cardboard and aluminum and disposable chopsticks. Also mentioned are single-use plastic, glass or cardboard bottles.

The guide provides examples of versatile alternatives, such as stainless steel cutlery, mugs, dishes, medium-sized bottles and tall mugs in glass or melamine or its equivalent.

For successful implementation of the policy, the guide urges government agencies to increase the environmental awareness of their employees, foster positive change in their behavior, and encourage them to participate in and support institutional aspirations for change. The guide suggests this can be achieved through the dissemination of information and awareness materials through internal communication channels and the organization of workshops for employees to discuss the challenges.

The guide also suggests that government organizations can benefit from the Agency’s Green Business Network, which supports institutions’ environmental awareness by providing relevant materials, running workshops and organizing various environmental initiatives to drive consumer behavior change. .

Dubai: Pakistani government allows sick Musharraf to return home, family say – News https://kempinski-ajman.com/dubai-pakistani-government-allows-sick-musharraf-to-return-home-family-say-news/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://kempinski-ajman.com/dubai-pakistani-government-allows-sick-musharraf-to-return-home-family-say-news/

Former president and army chief suffers from multiple organ failure and is hospitalized in the United Arab Emirates


By web office

Published: Sun 19 Jun 2022, 11:12 PM

Last update: Sun Jun 19 2022, 11:13 PM

Pakistan’s former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf may have been allowed to return home by the government.

In a statement on Sunday, Musharraf’s family said that “communications have been received from official and unofficial channels which [Pervez Musharraf’s] the return home will be facilitated. We sincerely appreciate these overtures as Pakistan is our home.”

However, if the former president travels to Pakistan, the family faces significant medical, legal and security issues. The treatment he receives in Dubai might not be possible in Pakistan.

In a statement on Twitter, his family said, “Uninterrupted supply and administration of the investigational drug Daratumumab is needed alongside the associated amyloidosis treatment which is currently not available in Pakistan.”

The family on June 10 said the 78-year-old was unlikely to recover from multiple organ failures and had been hospitalized at the US Hospital for four weeks due to a complication of his illness (amyloidosis).

The family confirmed that he was going through a difficult stage where healing was not possible and organs were malfunctioning.

The former four-star general, who seized power in a coup 23 years ago and ruled for nine years, left Pakistan in 2016, where he was facing multiple court cases related to his period of reign.

The Pakistani army had also said last week that the former army chief should be allowed to return to the country.


Government Service Applications Every UAE Resident Must Have https://kempinski-ajman.com/government-service-applications-every-uae-resident-must-have/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 13:33:41 +0000 https://kempinski-ajman.com/government-service-applications-every-uae-resident-must-have/

Dubai: Have you ever been late hoping for a taxi to pass soon? Or do you have bills to pay the next day and all the offices are closed for the day? Traveling abroad but not sure which website offers reliable information and booking options? In the United Arab Emirates, the governments of different Emirates have apps that serve as a one-stop platform and help you enjoy not only government services but also some private sector services.

So, if you want to perform the tasks of paying your bills, requesting traffic services or checking flight details in UAE, these are the apps you should have on your phone.

United Arab Emirates Pass

Think of UAE Pass as a single, unified account to log into any of the other apps listed below. The app was launched in 2018 as a secure national digital identity in the United Arab Emirates. Once you have downloaded and registered the app, you will no longer need to have multiple accounts and passwords for all the government departments you regularly contact. You can simply log in using your UAE Pass.

You can also use the app to sign a document digitally and even use digital versions of official documents for different services.

The app can be downloaded from Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Users can register using their Emirates ID and verify their identity through facial recognition technology or by visiting a nearby kiosk with the Emirates ID.

Al Hosn

Al Hosn is the United Arab Emirates’ national COVID-19 registry, which provides details of a user’s vaccination status and previous COVID-19 test results. Green status on Al Hosn is required to access certain public places in the UAE such as Abu Dhabi and Al Ain airports.

A gray status on Al Hosn means the person’s PCR test result is no longer valid (you must take a test every 14 days to maintain a green status) and a red status means the most recent test was positive , and the user should seek assistance from the local health authority. Users with gray status may not be able to access public places that require a Green Pass for entry.

The app is available for download from Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Huawei AppGallery and Samsung Galaxy Store.

To learn more about how to get a Green Pass on Al Hosn, read our in-depth guide here.

TAMM Abu Dhabi

Each emirate in the UAE has also launched initiatives to achieve the goals of the UAE Digital Government. In Abu Dhabi, the “TAMM Abu Dhabi Government Services” app was launched by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority in 2021. The app

grants access to Abu Dhabi government services, including applying for a visa, finding health facilities, paying utility and telecommunications bills, obtaining details of the education system of Abu Dhabi or even the search for the nearest beach.

The application is available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Users must have a UAE Pass or register in the TAMM app or website to access features. The TAMM platform is also accessible on the website – https://www.tamm.abudhabi/en


DubaiNow was launched in 2015 by Smart Dubai Government to allow users to access around 120 government and private services in Dubai. Services fall into the categories of health, transportation, security and justice, residence, education, and business, among others.

The app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and can be used to renew your car registration, pay for gas, find pharmacies, pay Zakat, apply for your family’s visas and more .

Digital Sharjah

The Digital Sharjah app was launched by the Sharjah Digital Office and allows the user to access Sharjah government services in a single platform. Users can pay Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) bills, book a taxi, check flight information, register as community volunteers, pay for public parking or start a business at the app help.

To read a detailed guide on the services you can avail through the app, read our guide here.

The application is available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. You can also use the platform through the website – https://ds.sharjah.ae/home

To access a service through the app, you can login with UAE Pass or continue as a guest, although login may be required for services.


AjmanOne is an application developed by the Ajman Digital Department for easy access to the various government services of the Emirate. The app is available for Apple and Android devices. You can also access the Digital Ajman platform through the website – https://www.ajman.ae/en

The app and website include information on education, transportation, health, paying bills, real estate, and more. Users can view prayer times, locate ATMs and exchange offices, view details of real estate agencies or even request to reserve parking spaces.

To use the app or the website, you can log in through the UAE Pass.

Digital Fujairah

The Fujairah e-Government Department has launched Digital Fujairah to provide a single platform for government services in the emirate of Fujairah. Users can locate the nearest mosques, inquire about educational institutions, or view gas stations and bus stations, among other services.

The app provides services in categories like Health, Islamic Services, Government Services, Daily Life, Education, and Transportation. Digital Fujairah can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices.

To avail the services, the user can log in through UAE Pass or create a Digital Fujairah account.


mRAK was launched by the government of Ras Al Khaimah as a mobile gateway for government services in the emirate.

The app is available for Android and Apple devices and can be used by Ras Al Khaimah citizens, residents, visitors and businesses for approximately 88 smart services. Some of the services users can benefit from include applying for jobs with government entities, exploring information about Ras Al Khaimah, viewing accredited educational institutions, and researching potential investments in the emirate. .

Users can log in through UAE Pass or create a new account.


Umm al Quwain users can use the SmartUAQ app, developed by the government department Smart Umm Al Quwain, to access local department services.

Citizens, residents, visitors and establishments of the emirate can find services related to Islamic activities and religious affairs, labor and employment, family, education, security and environment , business permits, regulations, transportation, and animals and pets.

Users can also view different services according to their needs, which are divided into “citizens”, “residents”, “visitors” and “businesses”. The application is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. The portal can also be accessed on the website – http://uaq.ae

Users can login with UAE Pass or register on the app or website.

– The writer is an intern at Gulf News

Pakistan government reprimanded for ‘drink less tea, save money’ plea – Reuters https://kempinski-ajman.com/pakistan-government-reprimanded-for-drink-less-tea-save-money-plea-reuters/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://kempinski-ajman.com/pakistan-government-reprimanded-for-drink-less-tea-save-money-plea-reuters/

Several Pakistanis openly criticized Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal’s comments on social media


Published: Thu 16 Jun 2022, 09:14

A newly elected Pakistani government minister came under fire on Wednesday following his call for the nation to drink less tea to help save on imports amid a deepening economic crisis.

Pakistan is one of the world’s leading importers of tea, a hugely popular beverage among rich and poor in the country of 220 million people. The government spends about $600 million annually from the central bank’s hard currency reserves on tea imports.

A Pakistani is believed to drink at least three cups of tea a day on average, the country’s caffeinated beverage of choice.

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who took office in April after Imran Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote in parliament, has pledged to improve the struggling economy and meet conditions set by the International Monetary Fund in an effort to revive a $6 billion bailout. .

However, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal’s call to drink less tea surprised many.

“I call on people to reduce their tea consumption by one or two cups a day because we also borrow money for tea, which is imported,” Iqbal said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Some have openly advised Iqbal on social media to quit.

“Yesterday Ahsan Iqbal asked us to consume less tea and tomorrow they may tell us to eat less. Is this a solution? asked Dil Sher, owner of a roadside tea stall on the outskirts of Islamabad.

The government has so far raised the price of fuel, natural gas and electricity by up to 45%, sending food prices skyrocketing. Last week, Sharif’s cabinet presented its first budget to parliament for approval, levying more taxes on the wealthy and pledging to scrap energy and fuel subsidies as demanded by the IMF.

Much to the shock of many Pakistanis, the Sharif government announced at midnight the third hike of 24 rupees in the price of petrol in the past three weeks, bringing it to around 234 rupees per litre. Petrol was available at around 150 rupees a liter in Pakistan when Khan was ousted in April.

Khan says Sharif came to power as part of a US plot, a charge Washington denies. Sharif and the country’s military also denied Khan’s claim, saying no evidence of a US conspiracy in Khan’s ouster was available.

Hour-long power cuts across Pakistan also made Sharif’s coalition government unpopular.

Now in opposition, Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party of Khan also took to Twitter, saying Sharif’s government had hurt the economy, just two months after taking office. Sharif, however, says he is paying the price for the mismanagement of his predecessor’s government.

During his 3½ years in power, Khan’s government also faced criticism, including when a lawmaker from his party, Riaz Fatyana, called on people to use less sugar and eat only only one flatbread at each meal instead of more due to a shortage of sugar. and wheat at the time. In Pakistan, most people eat roti, a flatbread similar to Indian naan.


Pakistan’s currency, the rupee, fell to a historic low against the US dollar on Wednesday. According to the central bank, the rupiah slipped to 206 against the US dollar.

Also on Wednesday, Esther Perez Ruiz, the IMF’s resident representative for Pakistan, denied local media reports that the global lender had asked Pakistan to renegotiate CPEC-related energy deals before making heavy payments to Beijing. “These claims are simply false. On the contrary, the IMF supports the government’s multi-pronged strategy to restore the viability of the energy sector, which shares the burden of restoring viability among all stakeholders – government, producers and consumers,” Ruiz said in a statement.

Sheikh Hamdan invites Dubai government staff to design the future – News https://kempinski-ajman.com/sheikh-hamdan-invites-dubai-government-staff-to-design-the-future-news/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://kempinski-ajman.com/sheikh-hamdan-invites-dubai-government-staff-to-design-the-future-news/

Registration for the third batch of the Dubai Future Experts program is now open

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Published: Thu 16 Jun 2022, 07:02 PM

Talented Emiratis working in government departments are invited to become “futurists” through the Dubai Future Experts Programme. Applications for the third cohort of the program are now open.

It will start in September 2022 and will consist of two modules lasting six months each. Participants will have the opportunity to move from “future analyst” to “future practitioner”.

Registration for the new batch is open until July 15.

The program aims to empower and equip a network of talented Emirati futurists in the government sector with the tools and skills to design and create a “bright future for Dubai and the UAE”.

“Through the Dubai Future Experts program, we continue to invest in great minds, developing experts and futurists across all government entities. These futurists will take responsibility for advancing Dubai’s strategic sectors,” said Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of the Dubai Future Foundation.

“The program targets talented nationals who will be empowered and equipped with the tools and knowledge of foresight and forward thinking, not only to elevate the Government of Dubai‘s model of excellence, but also to transform it into a global model of excellence. ‘Excellency. Dubai’s vision is to be the leading city of the future, and that requires radical change and bold decisions.

The modules and content of the program have been developed by leading national and global future experts, scientists, entrepreneurs and CEOs.

During its previous batches, the program has empowered new generations of futurists across the Dubai government. This has allowed them to be part of the government’s development process and efforts to improve Dubai’s ranking among the most forward-looking cities in the world.